Ryan Hilperts

Pender Island, BC, Canada

Ryan is the Director of the Redfish School of Change and a sessional lecturer and research associate at the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC.  She teaches ecology, ecological restoration, and global food systems, and she researches the ways in which ecological restoration transforms both human and ecological communities. Her graduate work involved community engagement with the removal of two dams on the Elwha River in Washington State, focusing on the importance of fostering community conversations about ecological change. Ryan has been a workshop facilitator, sea kayak guide and marine naturalist, a long distance hiker, a mountaineering instructor, a repeat photographer, an english teacher, and a field ecology educator in Washington State, British Columbia, Alberta, Thailand, and Central America. She believes one key to transformative education is developing the ability to ask constructive critical questions not only of others, but of ourselves.

2014 Participant